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The prisoner

Language: English after the French (Français)

"Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!"

Thus through the bars a captive pours his lay,
Who sees the fairest maiden, day by day,
Hold, o'er the waves that bathe his prison-walls, her way.

"Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!

I, in life's prime doomed to the captive's fate,
In this old fortress lone and desolate,
Await each day thy course as freedom I await.

Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!

The water gives thine image, tall and fair;
Thy bust is seen in happy outline there.
Whom doth thy sail obey? is't Love's, or Zephyr's care?

Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!

What hope intoxicates my heart! set free
From this strong-hold, soon shall I cling to thee,
My liberator! bliss on the other shore must be.

Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!

Thy course is stayed: methinks, thy drooping eye
Melts at my woes. Alas! thou passest by,
Like evanescent hope -- thou'rt gone, and I must die!

Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!

Snatched from me, then, is that enchanting dream!
But no -- thy hands outstretched in pity seem:
Star of my life, for me, tomorrow thou shalt beam!

Queen of the waves! thy light bark speed along,
And sing, whilst Echo lengthens out thy song.
Clear is the stream and calm; soft breezes blow;
Queen of the waves, Heaven smiles; thy light bark swiftly row!"


Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre Jean de Béranger (1780 - 1857), "Le prisonnier", subtitle: "Air de la Balançoire, d'Amédee de Beauplan"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Maria Felicia Garcia Malibran, Napoléon-Henri Reber. Go to the text.

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  • Also set in French (Français), original text by Pierre Jean de Béranger (1780 - 1857) , title 1: "Le prisonnier", subtitle: "Air de la Balançoire, d'Amédee de Beauplan" ENG by Maria Felicia Garcia Malibran.

Text added to the website: 2011-02-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:14
Line count: 46
Word count: 413

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